Samples Review: OH, LOLA!, HONEY by MARC JACOBS

     Hi everyone! This week I’m talking about the samples I have acquired from the Marc Jacobs brand. Marc Jacobs the man has been talked about to death in recent years, and with his brand’s expansion into cosmetics in 2013, the hype online was tremendous. Now that things have died down a bit, I thought I’d give these samples a sniff and let you know what I think of them.

     Here are my quick thoughts about each of the fragrances:

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! sample

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! sample

1.) Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola!: the name looks weird, doesn’t it? And it sounds even stranger; “What are you wearing today?” “Oh, you know, just some Oh, Lola!” This is a flanker of his popular Lola fragrance, both of which come in the most gorgeous bottles ever.

     This is a 2011 release, with top notes of pear, raspberry and wild strawberry, a heart of cyclamen, peony, and magnolia, and vanilla, tonka bean, and sandalwood for the base. On first glance the notes pyramid makes perfect sense – fruity notes to draw you in, florals to keep you interested, and vanilla to make it last. Unfortunately, it’s just so… boring. Luckily, I find that the pyramid doesn’t work exactly like it’s supposed to. To me Oh, Lola! opens with the wild strawberry and some white florals, in a delicate dance that manages not to smell soapy. It comes off quite strong initially, but dies away rather quickly. I’ve got to admit that I had a tough time finishing this sample. I’d look at a sample I’m much more interested in wearing, then remember that I still have this and force myself to spray it on. If I were in the market for a feminine yet generic fragrance, I’d purchase this. But for now, I’ll pass.

Marc Jacobs Honey sample

Marc Jacobs Honey sample

2.) Marc Jacobs Honey: this is a fairly recent release. I remember logging on to Sephora’s website and seeing it on the day it came out. I got so excited because I had been planning to go to the mall that day. I rushed to the store, eager to find the adorable bottle (how cute is too cute anyway?). “Where’s Honey?” I demanded of the saleslady. “It’s right over here!” She replied, pointing to the obvious display I’d missed when galloping in. I looked at the enormous yellow-black cardboard extravaganza, and spotted the bottle right in the middle. How excited I was! “Can I try it?” “Of course!” *Spray* *Spray again* “I… I think love it.”

     This is a 2013 release, with top notes of punch, mandarin orange, and pear. I think the punch note is the most ingenious thing since, well, ever. It’s uncanny how accurately they’ve captured the citrus-fruity aroma of the drink. I get a lot of peach, which is in the heart, and a constant underlying sweetness of honey – perfection in a vial.

Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: Honey is by far my favourite Marc Jacobs fragrance. I could definitely see this one making its way into my collection some day.

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You can check out Marc Jacobs at www.MarcJacobs.com or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/MarcJacobsIntl

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